Salads Are Not Boring: Spring Strawberry Salad

Spring. Salads. Strawberries. Super fresh. Okay,  so that addition to the alliteration was a stretch, but saying this dish is incredible, and amazing, and full of so many healthy fats is in no way an exaggeration. There are minimal ingredients but they come together to make this salad insanely refreshing and flavorful.

 

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My theory is that when you add berries on/in a savory dish, it automatically gives it an extra level of freshness that wasn’t present prior. Add in a little basil, some crunchy almonds, roasted peppered chickpeas (YES), and lemon honey dressing. It’s an incredible medley of sweet and savory without being too heavy, yet it won’t leave you hungry.

 

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My 3 and 2 year old girls took these shots. Gotta say, I was impressed.

 

Topping a salad with roasted chickpeas is the perfect way to get some extra protein and extra texture in the dish, plus they can be made a variety of ways just by changing up your spices; basically my favorite healthy eating hack ever. Garbanzos get it.

 

 

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Spring Strawberry Salad

Gather

  • 3-4 large handfuls of spring mix (or spinach, or kale)
  • 1 can of organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup of almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 a pint of organic strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of fresh organic basil, ribboned
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/4 cup organic EVOO
  • 1 tbsp organic ACV
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 drop of DoTerra lemon oil or 1/2 a lemon, juiced

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Dress the chickpeas in the avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and peppers. Roast on a cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired crispiness.
  2. Mix the EVOO, ACV, honey, and lemon and toss the greens in this dressing.
  3. When the chickpeas are finished and cooled, toss them on the greens along with the strawberries, almonds, and basil ribbons.
  4. Serve fresh and enjoy!

 

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Please, if you love food half as much as I do (chub cheeks for life) do NOT leave the basil off of this. It completes the salad and adds depths of flavor that are simply not possible without it. Basil or BAEsil? And with that, I’m done trying to make jokes.


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